Denis Archie Ducharme (born March 14, 1955 in Bonnyville, Alberta, Canada) is a former Albertan MLA. From April 6 until December 15, 2006, he also served as Minister of Community Development. He did not seek re-election in the 2008 election.
In 1986, Ducharme was elected to the Lakeland Catholic School Board. During his two terms with the board he served as a trustee, vice-chairman, and chairman.
He was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly on March 11, 1997 defeating Liberal incumbent Leo Vasseur in the new riding of Bonnyville-Cold Lake. He was re-elected to his second term on March 12, 2001, and to his third term on November 22, 2004. In addition to his duties as MLA, Ducharme has served as Government Caucus Whip, Chair of the Francophone Secretariat, co-chair of the Alberta Energy Research Institute (AERI), Deputy Chairman of the Special Standing committee on Members’ Services, and Deputy Chairman of the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices.
During his time in the Alberta Legislature, Ducharme sponsored four bills: Fair Trading Act; Maintenance Enforcement Amendment Act; Metis Settlements Statutes Amendment Act; and Fair Trading Amendment Act, 2000.
Prior to being elected, he was involved with his family-owned Ford automotive dealership, Ducharme Motors Ltd., which has been operating in Bonnyville since 1959. He was involved in all aspects of dealership management and held a business interest in the operation from 1981 to 1994.
Ducharme and his wife, Rose, currently live in Bonnyville and have two adult children.
Ducharme is also one of the notable Franco-Albertans, in part due to the Bonnyville-Cold Lake area having a very large Francophone population in comparison to the rest of the province.
|Alberta general election, 1997: Bonnyville-Cold Lake|
|Progressive Conservative||Denis Ducharme||4,593||58.41%||+12.81%|
|Social Credit||Robert Kratchmer||948||12.05%|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||11|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||16,185||48.66%||-6.54%|
|Progressive Conservative notional gain from Liberal||Swing||+15.24%|
|Alberta general election, 2001: Bonnyville-Cold Lake|
|Progressive Conservative||Denis Ducharme||5,641||70.65%||+12.24%|
|New Democratic||Ellen Ulfsten||313||3.92%|
|Rejected, spoiled and declined||44|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||16,688||48.11%||-0.55%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||+9.90%|
|Alberta general election, 2004: Bonnyville-Cold Lake|
|Progressive Conservative||Denis Ducharme||3,621||63.68%||-6.97%|
|Alberta Alliance||Shane Gervais||973||17.11%|
|New Democratic||Denise Ogonoski||311||5.47%||1.55%|
|Rejected, spoiled, and declined||42|
|Eligible electors / Turnout||17,704||32.35%||-15.76%|
|Progressive Conservative hold||Swing||-12.04%|
- "1997 General Election". Elections Alberta. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "2001 Statement of Official results Bonnyville-Cold Lake" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
- "Bonnyville-Cold Lake Statement of Official Results 2004 Alberta general election" (PDF). Elections Alberta. Retrieved March 7, 2010.
|Alberta Provincial Government of Ralph Klein|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Gary Mar||Minister of Community Development
|'None (Post Abolished)'|
|MLA Bonnyville-Cold Lake